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Medical Form Reminder, COVID-19 Update, Strategic Planning Spotlight, Parent Education Videos, Curriculum and Instruction Update, and Upcoming Events

September 17, 2021

Dear District 31 Families,

We stayed very busy this four day week! Among our typical learning activities, we also continued our Red Said mental health campaign at Field and enjoyed a virtual author visit for Read Aloud IL Day at Winkelman. Please continue to follow us on our
Facebook page where we share photos of our adventures! 

If you have not already, please turn in all medical forms as soon as possible. Students who have not turned in all required health records by the end of the school day on Friday, October 15 may not return to school beginning Monday, October 18 until all required forms have been received by the school nurse. Required forms are listed below.

Summary of Medical Form Requirements
Pre-K: Physical
Kindergarten: Physical, Dental, and Eye
1st grade: No forms required
2nd grade: Dental
3rd, 4th, & 5th grade: No forms required
6th grade: Physical (exam also covers interscholastic sports physical) and Dental
7th & 8th grade: No forms required

Physical Exam and Immunization Record
A physical exam, with an updated immunization record on the, “State of Illinois Certificate of Child Health Examination” form, is required to be completed and signed by a licensed healthcare provider and parent/guardian. Proof of exam must be submitted by October 15 upon entering Pre-K, Kindergarten and 6th grade, and/or when transferring from out of state.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Winkelman School Nurse Tania Gastelum at

COVID-19 Update
View the latest District 31 COVID-19 information here.  The health and safety dashboard is updated every Monday.

Strategic Planning Spotlight
Over the last several weeks we have shared with you the mission, vision and values of District 31’s strategic plan.  This week we are highlighting our portrait of a graduate.  What does a District 31 graduate look like? What qualities do we wish to instill in our students during their time in our schools? Below are the values and characteristics we wish to see demonstrated by our students when our vision is fully achieved: 

  • Critical Thinkers
  • Problem Solvers
  • Collaborators
  • Effective Communicators
  • Empathetic
  • Responsible Global Citizens
  • Self-Advocates
  • Resilient
  • Curious Life-long Learners

View the District 31 Strategic Plan here.

Parent Education Videos and Presentation
The District houses a series of Parent Education Videos and Presentations on our website at These videos cover a variety of topics from Skyward tutorials to Student Services information. View the latest video with Erin Kranz, an instructional coach at True North, on Inclusion Practices.

Curriculum and Instruction Update
District 31 is fortunate to have curriculum coordinators in the areas of ELA, math, social studies and science, as well as an instructional technology coordinator. These leaders work together with teachers and teams to collaboratively support consistent curriculum and instructional best practice. This is achieved through ongoing, high-quality professional learning and resource coordination. In order to support the goals of the new strategic plan, the coordinators will be assisting teams with implementing a new common planning tool. Look for more information about this in the spring!

Important Dates and Upcoming Events
PTO Meeting
Tuesday, September 21 at 7 p.m. at Winkelman
Followed by Volunteer Training and Room Parent Orientation
Everyone is welcome! 
Zoom Link

Ed Foundation and PTO Present Parents Night Out
Friday, September 24 from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Rocky’s in Prospect Heights
RSVP here

Board of Education Meeting 
Thursday, September 30 at 7 p.m.

PTO Presents Family Movie Night
Friday, October 8 at 6 p.m.
Outdoor at Field

PTO Book Fair
October 12 - 26

Community News and  Events
Northbrook Historical Society presents Shermerfest
Sunday, September 19 from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Learn more here

CATCH Presents Parenting & Pivoting in a Pandemic
Monday, September 20 at 7 p.m.
Register here. 

Have a wonderful weekend!  


Dr. Erin K. Murphy 
Superintendent of Schools